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Sean Gardner






      Sean Gardner (Collierville)

 Charles Waters






Charles Waters (Hillcrest)


J.C. Bonny






 Sean "JC" Bonny (Collins Hill)

















               MOTLOW COLLEGE 2012-2013

     After a 17-11 overall record in 2011, going 9-9 in district action, and losing in the conference championship the last two seasons. The Bucks of Motlow are gearing up for one of the better seasons in recent memory. The Bucks are preseason Region VII conference favorites and will be ranked nationally in several polls respectively. Fourth year Coach Jerry Nichols has brought stability and success (55-27) to this program in a short period of time after three coaches over a five year span. The Bucks play a very aggressive type of defense the entire game and balanced scoring from all players as stats reveal consistency all across the board. Coach Jerry Nichols has a 100% graduating rate and sending 17 out of 21 to Division 1 and 2 correspondingly.

     With a very strong sophomore nucleus group returning and a solid redshirt  freshmen class plus the addition of highly touted transfers in Kerrell Davis (5'10 - 175 lbs., rivals #) from NJCAA National Runner up: Northwest Florida and Andre Brown (6'6 - 175 lbs., rivals #) from Austin Peay University. Davis is a big time guard with electrifying quickness and with many schools vying for his services extensively. Brown shoots the ball real good and can run the guard spot and commits very few turnovers in the process. Top scorer from last years ball club, sophomore Sean Gardner (6'5 - 175 lbs., rivals #) returns with schools like MTSU, TSU, Arkansas St. to name a few garnering for his services. Gardner averaged 10.7 points a contest last season and his high basketball IQ, big time shot, and very dynamic play will parlay into a strong season respectively.

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Sean Gardner enroute to rim

      Sophomore Michael Tomlin (6'7 - 225 lbs., rivals #) runs the floor like a deer from one end to the other, possesses great post moves and is one of the better defenders on the team. Sophomore big man Sterling Smoak (6'10 - 260 lbs., rivals #) has numerous schools looking at the big man post move skills and definitely Division 1 caliber. Another sophomore is explosive scorer Jean "JC" Bonny (6'2 - 175 lbs., rivals #) and another top quality guard on the roster for this reason. Raul Tutton Jr. (6'6 - 200 lbs., rivals #) who can play multiple positions was one of the most consistent players all over the court and will contribute extensively all season long.

       Freshman from Chicago, Illinois Devante Jones (5'8 - 160 lbs., rivals #) brings his athleticism, toughness and a strong scorer mentality. Jones is the "most athletic young man on the ball club,"  Coach Nichols states. Chris Hawkins (6'6 - 240 lbs., rivals #) is a big time athlete, big time player, with a lot of big schools calling on this young man for his services albeit. Red shirt freshman  Charles Waters (6'7 - 195 lbs., rivals #) is probably the best rebounder on the team with his tenacity and high energy around the rim on every possession. Sophomore Jeff Graham (6'6 - 195 lbs., rivals #) also brings a lot of athleticism and energy when he enters the game.

    Motlow will travel to Pensacola, Florida December 14 & 15, 2012 and participate in a major junior college tournament with top juco programs from around the country in attendance.

    Red shirt sophomore Darryl Bond (6'7 - 215 lbs. rivals #) is a very aggressive individual in the low post and will step up in many crucial games during the season with his nice build and will help in the middle therefore. Freshman Perrin Buford (6'6 - 205 lbs. rivals #)  is a Kevin Durant type of player and is good at many positions and will get plenty of opportunities and his time on the court will depend on how he responds in different situations.

College Coaches: Diamond in the Rough Team with legitimate off the radar prospects, (college coaches click here).

Updated 9-10-2012

By Staff Writer Harold Rivera

2012 Players:

No. Name Class HT Position High School Hometown
0 Sean Gardner Soph 6-4 Guard Collierville Collierville, TN
3 Jean 'JC' Bonny Soph 6-2 Guard Collins Hill Lawrenceville, GA
24 Chris Hawkins RS-Fresh 6-6 Forward Sun Prairie Sun Prairie, WI
25 Bryan Thomas Soph 6-3 Guard Meadowcreek Norcross, GA
32 Raul Tutton, Jr. Soph 6-6 Forward Houston Collierville, TN
33 Jeff Graham Soph 6-6 Forward Hamilton Memphis, TN
44 Darryl Bond RS-Soph 6-7 Center Lighthouse Christian Antioch, TN
55 Michael Tomlin Soph 6-7 Forward North Side Jackson, TN
  Kerrell Davis Soph 5-10 Guard Hillcrest Memphis, TN
  Sterling Smoak Soph 6-10 Center Brandies San Antonio, TX
  Tyler Clayborne Soph 6-3 Guard Coffee County Manchester, TN
  Kevonta Black RS-Fresh 5-8 Guard Whites Creek Nashville, TN
  Andre Brown RS-Fresh 6-6 Forward Northwest Clarksville, TN
  Charles Waters RS-Fresh 6-7 Forward Hillcrest Memphis, TN
  Perrin Buford Fresh 6-6 Wing Hillcrest Decatur, AL
  DeVante' Jones Fresh 5-8 Point Guard Chicago Orr Chicago, IL
  Jerron Washington Fresh 6-3 Forward Kirby Memphis, TN
  DeAndre McKinnie Fresh 6-4 Forward Bolivar Bolivar, TN
  Jalen Blackwell Fresh 6-3 Wing Mitchell Memphis, TN


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Recap 8-25-2005


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I think there is a book that starts off that way, but I digress.

The anticipation of the upcoming AAU or summer campaign was alive and kicking all over the country in May of 2005, especially in Memphis.

The expectations seemed enormous, having finished second in the 17 and under nationals last season as 16's the Memphis YOMCA seemed primed for the ultimate run.

Something happened on the way to the gym.

It was apparent the Bluff City faithful were not the only parties interested in getting a piece of the star studded squad.

Adidas wanted to get a foothold in the ever burgeoning Memphis hoop scene and this seemed to be the initial move to start this particular ball

So the YOMCA was no longer in the loop and the Memphis Pump-N-Run were officially born.

Taking a peek at the roster one could not blame Adidas for their bold move. Thaddeus Young, Willie Kemp, Wayne Chism, Pierre Niles and Brandon Powell made up a nucleus that would surely lead Team Memphis to the promised land.

The summer campaign started with a most interesting scenario as the "PNR" lost a game to the Mid-State Ballerz, who ironically had Willie Kemp running the show. This was an illusion that would soon change, as Kemp
shortly thereafter joined the PNR.

With all their ducks in a row, the PNR set out to establish themselves and put a benchmark on the national attention that would follow.

The Real Deal on the Hill, the first major tournament of the summer that coaches could attend. The pundits pined for the impending matchup between Team Memphis and the defending mythical goliath The Indy Spiece Heat. The Heat were led by the consensus top player in the class Greg Oden and numerous other high level prospects who could actually match the
PNR with name recognition.

The reputation was established and the aura of the PNR was created as the boys from Memphis soundly defeated the Heat and made a huge cry across the land as the best summer squad in existence.

Another funny thing happened on the way to their future endeavors, nothing.

For some inexplicable reason the PNR did not suit up for any of the Memorial Day festivities and was sparsely seen until the Adidas Super 64 in Atlanta, following the shoe camps.

The aforementioned players participated in various high level exposure camps and the three major shoe camps and kept their names on the tongues of coaches nationwide.

After achieving individual success at these various camps, the boys got back together with the purpose of putting the finishing touches on a grand and final run through the top programs the country had to offer. They added Ridgeway jumping jack Ernest Fields and ECS powerhouse Tim Johnson to the fold and things looked bright.

Once again a funny thing happened on the way to the gym.

The time off and the lack of continuity played havoc on the chemistry of the PNR and they bowed out early in Atlanta.

Heading to Las Vegas for the final big time event of the summer, the PNR seemed poised and ready to achieve. After dominating pool play the lack of chemistry once again reared it's ugly head and some resentment among the players seemed to end this summer campaign on a sour note.

This team had the potential to be one of the best of all time. It is truly unclear what precipitated these events that grounded this team for much of the latter portion of May and June, but it truly had it's effect on their success.

None the less these kids are part of the best class of seniors to dot the Tennessee landscape in many years.

The decision to completely disassociate themselves with the
organization that they grew up playing for in retrospect now seems like a mistake. The YOMCA will continue on with quality younger teams and what to make of the Adidas affiliation with the Bluff City at this juncture is





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